28 Of The Very Best Covent Garden Restaurants

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Covent Garden restaurants

We’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in Covent Garden.

Whether you’re looking for innovative, world-class cooking, a romantic date spot, cuisines from around the world, or maybe just a brilliant burger, these Covent Garden restaurants will have something to satisfy. [Featured image: @jmez]

NB: We’ve tried to make note of which of these restaurants are closed due to COVID-19—as well as which of them are taking part in the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme—but please check in with the restaurants before visiting for the latest information. 

Fancy Covent Garden restaurants

Clos Maggiore

Covent Garden restaurants Clos Maggiore
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The cosily flower-filled, mirror-lined dining room at Clos Maggiore makes it one of the most romantic restaurants in London. On the menu: fine French cooking, accompanied by a prize-winning wine list.

33 King Street.

Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Hawksmoor Seven Dials Covent Garden
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This superb steak restaurant, one of five Hawksmoors in London, is reliably excellent, and the friendly staff here have the knack of making you feel right at home. The fun cocktail menu, with its ‘antifogmatics’ and ‘post-prandials’, is definitely worth enjoying too.

😋 Hawksmoors is taking part in the Government’s “Eat Out To Help Out” scheme.

11 Langley Street.


Parsons restaurant Covent Garden
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A new entrant to the Covent Garden restaurant scene, this little seafood spot has attracted glowing write-ups from critics, with ‘very English’ small plates of fishy genius.

39 Endell Street.

*Reopens on September 1, 2020.

Lima Floral

Lima Floral Covent Garden
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Head here for a cheeky Peruvian: ultra-colourful dishes with plenty of ceviche, which is raw fish marinated in citrus. (And don’t miss the purple bread!)

14 Garrick Street.

Other great fine dining options

Best Covent Garden restaurants
Clockwise from top-left: Rules, The Ivy, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London, Cafe Murano

Also worth considering: Rules*, argued to be the oldest restaurant in London; The Ivy, an iconic dining spot long-favoured by celebs; The Petersham, a new branch of the celebrated Richmond restaurant, or Café Murano, from highly-regarded chef Angela Hartnett. Should you prefer your restaurants to be wildly extra, head straight to the irrepressible Sarastro*, or visit beautiful Mariage Frères for tea-infused dining.

Barrafina Drury Lane* serves up some of the best tapas in the city, but is all counter-seated; a good alternative is Opera Tavern*, also delicious, but more relaxing. Meanwhile, Cora Pearl*might just be the best restaurant named after a courtesan, and Din Tai Fung** is the first UK site of a chain widely claimed to have the world’s best dumplings.

*Temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

😋**Taking part in the Government’s “Eat Out To Help Out” scheme

Casual dining restaurants in Covent Garden

It’s not all white tablecloths and French wine lists in Covent Garden. For something quick and delicious, try one of these…

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Dishoom*is a crowd-pleasing Indian restaurant in an elegant dining room, perfect for all occasions, including (surprisingly) breakfast, when their legendary bacon naan has cured many a hangover. Flat Iron*is famous for its £10 steak (and cute little meat cleavers) while Polpo‘s** ‘Venetian small plates’ are as shareable as they are delicious. Other options in the Covent Garden area include Mexican meals at Wahaca* or hot bowls of noodles from Wagamama*.

Vegetarian restaurants Covent Garden
Photos from top-left: Wild Food Cafe, Farmstand, Black Penny, byChloe

Vegetarians, vegans or those looking for a healthy option might like these plant-focused options: Wild Food Café‘s crispy dishes of mostly-raw veg, Farmstand‘s* wholesome menu of seasonable produce, Black Penny‘s substantial, satisfying salads, or the ‘vegan junk food’ at NYC import byChloe.

Burger restaurants in Covent Garden
Clockwise from top-left: Shake Shack, Five Guys, Honest Burger, Meatmarket

The burger enthusiast is spoiled for choice. US chain Shake Shack has set up right in the piazza and is pretty good, while the (IMHO hugely overrated) Five Guys** has a rival outpost on Long Acre. The superior choices, though, are either MEATliquor** (tucked above the scruffy Jubilee Market off Tavistock Street) with their indulgent patties and classic McD’s-style burger sauce; or Honest Burger**, a more comfortable place to eat where the burgers benefit from roast-inflected seasoning (the rosemary chips are great.) There’s also a ‘secret’ off-menu burger to try at the famous restaurant for thesps, Joe Allen‘s*.

*Temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

😋**Taking part in the Government’s “Eat Out To Help Out” scheme

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